Transportation Appropriations Chairman Diaz-Balart Applauds DOT Approval of Brightline’s Second Phase
MIAMI – Congressman Mario Diaz-Balart (FL-25), Chairman of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the approval of the second phase of Florida’s Brightline rail system.
“As Chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, I am extremely supportive of the advancement of new transit options, and am anxious to see the positive impact Brightline will have on our state's economy. Brightline's first phase, which is set to begin full service in the coming days, will showcase an alternative and efficient mode of travel for Floridians and visitors alike. Connecting South and Central Florida passengers via rail offers expanded business and leisure opportunities, and I am glad that DOT acknowledges the potential in the future of our state's transit.
“I thank Transportation Secretary Chao and Federal Railroad Administration Acting Administrator Hall for their assistance with this project. Their leadership is appreciated and will be essential to Brightline’s completion.”